Judith is getting ready

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, November 24th, 2018 - 125 comments
Categories: Amy Adams, climate change, Conservation, Environment, jacinda ardern, Judith Collins, labour, national, paula bennett, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags:

What does National do? Stick with Simon Bridges who is dying on his feet and appears to be incapable of bringing things around. Or switch leaders?

Like to Amy Adams who is part of Canterbury’s landed gentry and the recipient of central government largesse. And who makes me want to shove things in my ears because every time she talks it hurts so much.  Or Paula Bennett who in a winning election for National where the tide was still coming in almost lost her seat to Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni.

They are running out of options.

Of course there is Judith Collins.  Uber talented Judith Collins who most people would not trust with looking after their pet cat.

It may be that  she is their only realistic choice.  The trouble is however that she may be the choice they would make if they wanted to consign National to the eternal fires of Trumpian right wing hell.

And she is getting ready.  And she is going all Trump like.

From Jacob McSweeney in the Wanganui Chronicle:

Judith Collins has fired shots at the Government and its supporters over political correctness while trying to win over rest home residents in Whanganui.

“I’m so sick of being told what we’re not allowed to think. And if you say something that questions the current Government then you’re called a denier. It’s like a heresy.

“They’re generally anti-religion but I reckon they’d be pretty good at the Inquisition.

“They’re right into it. If you don’t agree with what they say then you’re a bad person.”

The reported comments are resplendent with Fox News type themes.  “Deniers” as in climate change deniers, “political correctness”, and, presumably because she was talking to a group of old people, “millenials”.

And she said things that were clearly not the truth.  Like this:

We’ve got a prime minister at the moment who’s happy to destroy an entire industry, the oil and gas industry, overnight on the flick of a switch to get a headline.”

Oil and gas are still being produced and will be produced for the foreseeable future.

There was also this nonsensical gratuitous attack on young people:

Some of the young people that we talk to … the millennials …. they say things like ‘Oh well, you know, whatever, climate change, whatever’. Then I say, ‘You can’t charge your iPhone’ and they sort of think ‘Well how does that work?'”

Someone should tell her about solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy.

She had been invited to meet with locals by National MP Harete Hipango.  Hipango won the seat last time by 1,700 votes.  A 2.3% swing will tip her out.

The latest polling suggests that National is at 37% and Labour is at 46%.  The two party swing from the election night result is 8.25%.  If these figures were repeated on election night Hipango’s career would be over, together with the careers of many of her caucus colleagues.

I suspect we are going to see a lot more of Judith in the next few weeks.  And I am surprised National is letting her speak so widely on so many topics.

Tick tock tick tock …

125 comments on “Judith is getting ready ”

  1. James 1

    Judith would make a fantastic PM and I’ll start donating back to national if she takes over the leadership (I paused when bridges became leader).

    • Pete 1.1

      Judith being the answer says a lot about the question.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 1.2

      Why do you think that “Judith would make a fantastic PM“, James, apart from the fact that she wants that title?

      “John Key announced his resignation as leader of the National Party on 5 December 2016. The following day, Collins announced her intention to stand as his replacement, which would have elevated her to the prime ministership.”

      • Pete 1.2.1

        Judith would be a fantastic PM for the most serious and important of aspects.

        Only one PM in the part 60 years would touch her as a subject for the caricaturists and cartoonists – Muldoon.

    • Robert Guyton 1.3

      Judith would make a fantastic bird-scarer.

    • woodart 1.4

      what is it with right wing males wanting overbearing women as leaders, thatcher, pauline hanson, shipley, judith collins.etc. are they a replacement for there mothers, or do they bring back memories of strict school teachers? either way, its creepy.

      • gsays 1.4.1

        Nice observation.

      • mary_a 1.4.2

        @ woodart (1.4) … Yes, creepy alright! Could be these strict disciplinarian woman are a turn-on for inadequate right wing males, who have weird fantasies perhaps, involving receiving (pleasurable for them) chastisement from these stern, forceful, hateful females! Strange.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.4.3

        They’ve been naughty and they must be punished

      • Tamati Tautuhi 1.4.4

        National Party men like being beaten up by there women.

    • North 1.5

      Donate ‘back” James but do be conscious of the whip in the hands of Judith the Narcissist.

  2. cleangreen 2

    Good chuckle there Micky,

    That picture of Collins looks more like “the joker’ every time doesn’t it.

    Judith Collins is a sad joke of course like many of today’s politicians are just “empty vessels.”

    Micky said;

    “Of course there is Judith Collins. Uber talented Judith Collins who most people would not trust with looking after their pet cat.”

    • mary_a 2.1

      @ Cleangreen (2) … yes, it’s becoming quite normal now for Judith Collins to take on the appearance of “The Joker.” No question about that!

  3. ScottGN 3

    Bill Ralston reckons she should hope like hell that the murky forces in the National Party who have weaponised JLR to pave the way for her installation as Leader will fail since National doesn’t have a hope of winning in 2020.

    https://www.noted.co.nz/currently/politics/simon-bridges-national-party-dead-man-walking-bill-ralston/

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Apparently he’s a Nat supporter, so his conclusion seems significant: “It is hard to escape the conclusion that as long as Jacinda Ardern remains Prime Minister, we are looking at a three-term Labour-led Government and National is toast.”

      • ScottGN 3.1.1

        Yes that was my conclusion too and another former Nat Richard Griffiths has an interesting piece in the Dom Post this weekend.

        https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/108820734/coalition-government-proving-sceptics-wrong

        • Dennis Frank 3.1.1.1

          And he’s also known to be a Nat supporter. Quite a thoughtful appraisal by Griffin, actually. He also alerts us to the irrelevance of the Nats replacing their leader: “it has come down to their finding a genuine political partner or spending the next few years singing solo in the political back waters of Opposition.”

          So there’s a sure-fire way for JC to demonstrate she’s the right leader for them. Pull that rabbit out of her hat! She could start by actually wearing one, like the Queen. Appropriate role models usually work well. Wave graciously at admirers.

        • veutoviper 3.1.1.2

          WOW just WOW …

          I never thought I would ever say this, but that Stuff opinion piece by the ex-Chair of RNZ, Richard Griffin (not Griffiths) is a MUST READ.

          As some may recall, during the Clare Curran fiasco earlier this year, I was very definitely anti-Griffin from personal experience over the years.

          While not changing my overall view, this article shows that even someone like Griffin can open their mind up to taking an objective look from time to time.

          • Kat 3.1.1.2.1

            Dick Griffin along with Harman, Ralston and other National party hacks all realise the power of Jacinda Ardern and know that as long as she is leader Labour will be at the center of govt for at least three terms, possibly longer. National are in the political wilderness with no real options for a credible leader at present. The helicopter is on constant standby. Judith Collins is just another distraction and no more than a dispensable weather balloon destined to be either frozen in the mesosphere or burnt up in the thermosphere.

    • BM 3.2

      I don’t believe that Judith Collins is the one they want as leader.

      • James Thrace 3.2.1

        They need someone like Chris Penk. Seems to be the most human of the bunch. Strangely I find myself drawn to him. He doesn’t have the snarky bitterness of Collin’s, nor the childish intemperance of Simeon Browne. Good keen kiwi middle man.

        • BM 3.2.1.1

          I get the feeling the preferred choice is Mark Mitchell.

          • Ad 3.2.1.1.1

            … only of Mark Mitchell.

            It would be best if National adopted the tried and true Labour opposition method of going through 1 fresh leader per year to give everyone a rotation. LIke the All Blacks if you will.

            That’s the best result for Labour’s full three straight terms.

          • Incognito 3.2.1.1.2

            Preferred by whom?

      • Incognito 3.2.2

        Whom do you believe is the one they want as leader? And who are “they”?

  4. solkta 4

    Great post.

  5. Dennis Frank 5

    Nice pic but no way is she clever enough to play the joker. I wish her luck – her chances of getting sufficient caucus support are inversely proportion to the average level of intelligence of Nat MPs. If they do select her, likelihood of National remaining out of power gets a substantial increase.

    Why? She wants to shift National to the right. The electorate has allocated govt-forming power to the centrists, so her bias disempowers her. She can only succeed via a strategy of fooling enough centrists. She hasn’t even displayed the ability to do that in her own caucus yet, and they’re much easier to fool than NZF voters…

    • BM 5.1

      Why? She wants to shift National to the right. The electorate has allocated govt-forming power to the centrists, so her bias disempowers her. She can only succeed via a strategy of fooling enough centrists. She hasn’t even displayed the ability to do that in her own caucus yet, and they’re much easier to fool than NZF voters…

      The coming electoral battle won’t be around political ideology it will be about generational differences.

      Collins represents people 40 and up, Ardern 40 and below.

      If you look at it in that context Collins would beat Ardern hands down.

      • ScottGN 5.1.1

        Collins doesn’t represent people 40 and over, you’re dreaming. Her constituency is much older, though they are reliable voters.

        • BM 5.1.1.1

          People who are 40 were the last New Zealanders who experienced that old school traditional kiwi mono cultural way of life, everyone playing rugby, going to the pub, shops shut on the weekend etc.

          People 40 and below have had a far different introduction to life than those 40 +

          That’s why I picked 40 as my cut off point.

          • ScottGN 5.1.1.1.1

            Good Lord BM. Anyone 40 today was born in 1978 not 1958 for Christ’s sake.

            • BM 5.1.1.1.1.1

              NZ didn’t really culturally change significantly till the mid-1990s.

              • boggis the cat

                No “significant” cultural changes!? Do you think that the 1960s and 1970s had no impact on New Zealand? I also seem to recall some major changes due to the neoliberal ‘Rogernomics’ upending the country around 1985.

                Have you been in a coma, or living in some closeted community?

              • RJL

                @BM “NZ didn’t really culturally change significantly till the mid-1990s.”

                If that is true, then people who are 40 today would have been in their late teens in the mid-1990s.

                Teenagers in the 1990s would have strongly affected by, if not at the forefront, of any cultural change happening in the mid-1990s.

          • Incognito 5.1.1.1.2

            You’re behind the times; many eligible voters didn’t grow up here in NZ. For some reason many commentators seem to completely ignore (or deplore?) this fact. Maybe it is easier to write an opinion piece if one keeps it really simple and from a narrow conservative perspective?

      • Kate 5.1.2

        Just asked my mum if she would vote National with JC at the helm.

        A resounding and emphatic ‘No!’

        A lot of older people (women especially) can’t stand her. She is mean and she cannot hide it. It is who she is.

      • Dennis Frank 5.1.3

        Dunno why you’d think that. Not a single election in our history has ever been won on the basis of generational differences, has it? In fact, in half a century of watching, I haven’t encountered a single citation or instance of it happening in any western democracy. But I’ve got an open mind, and if you can produce any such instance I’ll give it due consideration…

        • BM 5.1.3.1

          But I’ve got an open mind, and if you can produce any such instance I’ll give it due consideration

          2016 presidential election

          What do you think “Make America great again” was all about

          • Dennis Frank 5.1.3.1.1

            Yeah, some truth in that. Victory of nostalgia over blandness, with the old mostly nostalgic & the young mostly bland? I prefer to see it as Trump told it: anti-establishment vs suckers. So I reckon generational differences were marginal rather than decisive.

          • woodart 5.1.3.1.2

            nothing to do with generation, more to do with misogyny.

          • Ross 5.1.3.1.3

            2016 presidential election

            Except Trump got almost three million fewer votes than the Democrats. Here National got more votes than Labour and still couldn’t form a government.

          • boggis the cat 5.1.3.1.4

            Trump appealed to every group that Clinton’s team ignored. “MAGA” is an empty slogan that can have any meaning read into it.

            The results from the recent mid-terms seem to point to his lies having worn thin, however. Republicans took a beating even in rural areas, and a lot of districts have swung from ‘red’ to ‘purple’.

            Reliance on older people as a conservative voting bloc is eroding fast in the US. If National want to try that as a tactic here they’re welcome to.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    I suspect we are going to see a lot more of Judith in the next few weeks. And I am surprised National is letting her speak so widely on so many topics.

    Yep. And it’s going to be painful.

    And then they’ll make her leader.

    And then, at some indeterminate point in the future, National will be on its knees begging Blinglish to come back to see if he can return them to the glory of his 2002 result.

  7. millsy 7

    Our very own Cersei Lannister.

  8. Robert Guyton 8

    I reckon, from under Judith’s sparsely-feathered Mother-bird wing will emerge a disarmingly-charming chick who will lead National back into Government…in time. Right now, Judith only has to show she’s a tough old bird; her cute li’ yunker will have us oo-ing and goo-ing but still keep the flinty hard-right happy, knowing who laid her.
    It was going to be Sarah Dowie, but now the nurturing is for another. You know who. I reckon.

    • ScottGN 8.1

      Robert I see that your local newspaper The Southland Times has posed further questions to Bridges regarding the disgraceful text exchange between a Nat MP and JLR? Good work on their part.

      • Robert Guyton 8.1.1

        They’re really good on local issues, ScottGN. Their editorial-writer is canny and bold.

      • Cinny 8.1.2

        Sure is good they are keeping that topic alive down there, at a guess I think a certain MP down south will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

        Thought that topic might have been buried due to the blue nature of the bottom of the south island. Pleasantly surprised.

        Lucky you Robert to have such an excellent local paper, good work Erica Stanford.

        • Robert Guyton 8.1.2.1

          I think Sarah Dowie will stand for re-election. You and she see the world differently, Cinny, by my reckoning.

          • Graeme 8.1.2.1.1

            While Sarah Dowie will undoubtedly stand for re-election, will she be re-selected, and will the electorate (and Southland Times) support her enough to be re-elected?

            The editorial stance of the paper has been rather critical of her behaviour on several occasions.

            • Robert Guyton 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Todd Barclay was reselected, wasn’t he?

              • Graeme

                It would have been interesting how that would have played out if it had gone to the electorate. Probably a reasonably even two way race with toddles toddling along behind in his embarrassment. Party vote would have still been solidly blue.

                Can see the same thing happening in Invercargill.

                • Robert Guyton

                  O, yes. Mind you, Liz Craig’s a strong woman. She has an “estuary health” meeting coming soon – you going? Topical as. Apparently, Sarah Dowie’s “mud malarky for kids” or whatever, had two be “rearranged” because of issues with the healthiness of the …mud. Had you heard?

                  • Graeme

                    “had two be “rearranged” ”

                    Oooops….

                    I’m a couple of hours north so C/S is my patch. The New River estuary has been dodgy for ever, I lived down there in late 80’s and everyone kept well out of it, then.

                    And well done getting Ms D and malarkey in the same sentence.

          • Cinny 8.1.2.1.2

            Hehehe Robert 🙂 Different views on topics like say.. adultery.

            Well if she does stand again, I’ll be very interested in her voting numbers compared with 2017.

  9. DJ Ward 9

    Judith is like something you buy from the warehouse. It looks great, and looks fit for purpose. Unfortunately as time goes on the design flaws show up over time and the purchaser is soon looking for a replacement.

    She has been moved on from a few ministerial positions.

  10. Dean Reynolds 10

    Collins’ address to the Whanganui pensioners was unbelievably inept, incoherent & downright loony. She makes Bridges sound like someone with a golden tongue

  11. SpaceMonkey 11

    Judith Collins’ ambitions outweigh her competency. She would be a boon for the Coalition Government and I suspect most in National know that. She has waaay too much baggage.

  12. Cinny 12

    If judith becomes leader, national won’t win the next election, she is way to polarising and so many skeletons in her closet.

    But if judith becomes leader I will smile and feel very happy for James and Pucky, their devotion to her is admiral, questionable, but very sweet, sweet enough to make me smile.

    • BM 12.1

      Ardern is polarizing

      Collins is polarizing

      Bridges is wishy-washy.

      Collins has a far higher chance of leading National to victory than Bridges.

      • Cinny 12.1.1

        Looking at the poll numbers from the initial post, are you sure re Jacinda?

        • BM 12.1.1.1

          She’s like Key, you either like her or loathe her.

          • Robert Guyton 12.1.1.1.1

            Why would anyone loathe her, aside from tribal devotion to loathing the leader of the party that’s ousted you from Government?

            • Ad 12.1.1.1.1.1

              I have the sneaking suspicion you’re on the left end of the political spectrum.

            • DJ Ward 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Like Trump.

              I definately don’t think she deserves being loathed. Considering she is doing a good job at maintaining stability with the complexities of the coalition. I however don’t see her as some superstar either. She has consistently been let down by events relating to depth of competency within Labour which portrays badly on her.

            • Kat 12.1.1.1.1.3

              Exactly, its only the die hard Nact tribalists that could ever loathe Jacinda Ardern. The only way the Nat nut jobs can deal with the reality of her being the PM is to compare her popularity to that of Key. What the Nact nut jobs don’t get is that Jacinda Ardern and Key have utterly nothing in common except the similarity of being human on this mortal coil.

              Ardern is a giver, Key was/is a taker.

      • cleangreen 12.1.2

        BM = loves Collins = suprise – suprise – surprise.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.3

        Ardern isn’t polarising at all. That’s actually part of the problem in that she’s not taking the steps needed because they will upset National.

        Collins has absolutely no chance of leading National to victory ever but she probably does have a higher chance than Bridges.

        • Kat 12.1.3.1

          Jacinda Ardern describes herself as a “pragmatic idealist” therefore not so much about “upsetting National” rather more about being inclusive and taking as much of the people with her on the journey of mending and rebuilding this fair land and the well being of its inhabitants. Its a hard road trying to please all the people all the time.

          • Cinny 12.1.3.1.1

            Nicely said Kat.

            She’s about people, community and country.

            And I’m so happy about that, makes a refreshing and much needed change from the priorities of money and loopholes.

          • cleangreen 12.1.3.1.2

            Yes Kat,

            Jacinda has made many promises including what she requested at the Whitangi speech this year when she said;
            “Keep a close watch on our promises made and remind us when we have failed to honour any of them.”

            Oh yes we are doing this Jacindaa, but are you listening?

  13. Robert Guyton 13

    Oops! She’s the one I meant. She’s being groomed and has talent. Thanks for the correction, veutoviper. They look similar?
    EDIT: I must be seeing things! Veutoviper’s comment … vanished! On my screen, anyway!
    It began: “I’ll raise you…” and had a link to Nicola Willis or some such….hmmmmmmm….
    and now, it’s back!!
    Taking a short break…

    • veutoviper 13.1

      LOL! Presumably this is a reply to my first response to you at 8.2.2. which I then deleted, then put up again …

      Yes they do look similar, and are similar in other respects, but I suspect that Willis is the much more pushy of the two.

      • Robert Guyton 13.1.1

        “They’ve” been showcasing her in photo-ops, beside Simon etc. I guess too, they’ll start, if they haven’t already, moving her around the House to see which seat fits best, as they were doing with Sarah Dowie, until…they weren’t.

  14. ken 14

    Poor old Soimun is too bland and ineffectual.
    Judith is outspoken and exciting and a loose cannon – mad as a hatter.
    It will be pure entertainment watching the hapless nats lurch from one extreme of unelectable leader to the other.

    • cleangreen 14.1

      Simon’s “wheels are falling off his legions of trucks he loves to build his roads for.

      Bah bah bah.

  15. cleangreen 16

    veutoviper thanks for that chuckle I was splitting my sides there, and need to go to the loo now, thanks.

    I appreciate the satire.

  16. gsays 17

    Ok, I am gonna repeat my theory.
    The next tory PM isn’t an MP currently.
    They will chopper in a likeable candidate to a safe seat e.g. Lance O’Sullivan, Michael Jones/Richie McCaw, Teresa Gatting, Nadia Lim.
    (Apologies to any of the above if your politics don’t fit with my suggestion, I am just spitballing.)

    A la sir slippery John. That worked well for them last time.
    One doesn’t need to be a politician to lead the tories.

    • bwaghorn 17.1

      Na she’s already there . Nicola Willis is the name I’ve heard whispered.

      • gsays 17.1.1

        You reckon she is a Nat prime minister or the Nat party leader?
        There is a world of difference as our Simon is finding out.

      • Ad 17.1.2

        Nicola Willis as Prime Minister would make the New Zealand government a client state of Fonterra (even more than we are already).

        Nicola Willis was always a Fonterra shill and always will be.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 17.2

      I suspect gsays is right on this one. They will pick a ‘winner’.

      Right wingers like winners, and winners are often right wing (‘I got here by my own effort – anyone else can do the same’). Of course every winner had a great deal of good fortune on the way, whether they recongise it or not.

  17. Robert Guyton 18

    “Is it a coincidence that Bridges’ one-time rival Judith Collins is quietly positioning herself against any push to make National greener?”
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/108774040/the-big-political-countdown-is-on–are-you-ready

  18. Puckish Rogue 19

    This seemed like a thread I could get me teeth into and, coincidentally, I just happened to be watching a music video that perfectly encapsulates Jude and everything she stands for

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6fHTyVmYp4

  19. Robert Guyton 20

    Pucky – when I look at the picture accompanying this post – I just don’t feel…right..you?

    • Puckish Rogue 20.1

      Men have always been intimidated by strong, intelligent, capable and attractive woman so its no surprise to me that the author would choose to deface Jude in this way.

      Its, unfortunately, the price woman still pay when they choose to serve the public. I thought we might have gotten past this form of attack, given the disgraceful attacks Helen Clark went through, and I did expect better of the author but I suppose when you’re worried you lash out.

      Fortunately Judes heart is big enough to forgive all who transgressed against her when she ascends to her rightful place as leader of this fair country

      Hail Collins!

      • Gabby 20.1.1

        But can she take a sad song and make it better puckers? I think not.

      • Rapunzel 20.1.2

        Well you can hail anyone you want but as a woman I will “paddle my own canoe”. When did any one quoting visceral pork bait become acceptable in a person vying, and lying, to represent NZers?

      • Robert Guyton 20.1.3

        “Men have always been intimidated by strong, intelligent, capable and attractive woman”
        Projection much. Pucky. It’s perilously easy to imagine you curled up on a velvet cushion on the floor of Jude’s parlour, tight, diamanté-studded collar round your thin neck, rheumy eyes pleadingly fixed on your mistress’s every junipered-up sway and wobble and at that much-rehearsed command, “Submit!!”, you scuttle from your puffer, tiny claws click, click, clicking on the lacquered-kauri floor, to her feet, where your dreams come true – your raison d’être is realised; 5 minutes lick, lick, licking “Her Majesty’s” puffy ankles till they glisten!
        Am I close, Pucky?
        I feel I’m pretty close.

  20. Jackel 21

    Judith does Trump speak and a bit of neoliberalism tinkering on the sly. They must have been having a very off day at Crosby Textor to dream that one up.

  21. Jenny 22

    I agree that Judith Collins speech seemed to be Channeling Donald Trump.

    But I disagree with the general consensus here, that Colins couldn’t win the election for National.

    Everyone said Trump couldn’t win either.

    Yes Collins carries baggage, but Hey, so what? So did Trump, that didn’t stop him being elected to head the Republican Party and didn’t stop him being elected President.

    Just as it won’t stop Collins being elected head of the National Party.

    I won’t predict that Collins will win in 2020, that will depend on the Government. Twyford’s latest housing package could be a good start, that is if it directly helps Labour’s low income support base get into houses, and if it doesn’t try to straddle the gap between housing the needy and serving the greed of the developers, and the middle class dream of home ownership and end up satisfying no one.

    Just as Obama’s health care package didn’t go far enough to satisfy the needs of the uninsured, by trying to straddle the gap of accommodating the profit driven model of the private health insurers. And so fell between two stools.

    The government needs to avoid that fate and quietly forget about Kiwi build and housing the middle classes, and concentrate instead on those in greatest housing need by building more state rentals with fixed rents at 25% of income.

  22. Tricledrown 23

    Jenny NZ is way different 1 person 1 vote Trump lost the popular vote. The US has turned against Trump quickly.
    The economy in NZ is performing much better.
    Obama failed to get adequate healthcare for the poor because of fillibustsring by Republicans Trump harnessed that Backlash now he is reaping his own Backlash over the withdrawal of Health insurance which will hit him hard.
    Collins corruption and ineffectual leadership will be her undoing JLR hasn’t finished yet.

  23. Dave B 24

    ‘Someone should tell her about solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy.’
    Someone should tell a lot of people about the shortcomings of solar and wind, and their ability to drive up the cost of electricity while reducing the reliability of the grid.
    Potential for additional hydro is extremely limited.
    Geothermal has its problems too, in the form of pollutants such as arsenic entering our waterways; and is not as sustainable as you might think. For that matter, neither are solar or wind.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-April-2024
    It’s Friday again. Here’s some of the things that caught our attention this week. This Week on Greater Auckland On Tuesday Matt covered at the government looking into a long tunnel for Wellington. On Wednesday we ran a post from Oscar Simms on some lessons from Texas. AT’s ...
    4 hours ago
  • Jack Vowles: Stop the panic – we’ve been here before
    New Zealand is said to be suffering from ‘serious populist discontent’. An IPSOS MORI survey has reported that we have an increasing preference for strong leaders, think that the economy is rigged toward the rich and powerful, and political elites are ignoring ‘hard-working people’.  The data is from February this ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 hours ago
  • Clearing up confusion (or trying to)
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters is understood to be planning a major speech within the next fortnight to clear up the confusion over whether or not New Zealand might join the AUKUS submarine project. So far, there have been conflicting signals from the Government. RNZ reported the Prime Minister yesterday in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 hours ago
  • How to Retrieve Deleted Call Log iPhone Without Computer
    How to Retrieve Deleted Call Log on iPhone Without a Computer: A StepbyStep Guide Losing your iPhone call history can be frustrating, especially when you need to find a specific number or recall an important conversation. But before you panic, know that there are ways to retrieve deleted call logs on your iPhone, even without a computer. This guide will explore various methods, ranging from simple checks to utilizing iCloud backups and thirdparty applications. So, lets dive in and recover those lost calls! 1. Check Recently Deleted Folder: Apple understands that accidental deletions happen. Thats why they introduced the Recently Deleted folder for various apps, including the Phone app. This folder acts as a safety net, storing deleted call logs for up to 30 days before permanently erasing them. Heres how to check it: Open the Phone app on your iPhone. Tap on the Recents tab at the bottom. Scroll to the top and tap on Edit. Select Show Recently Deleted. Browse the list to find the call logs you want to recover. Tap on the desired call log and choose Recover to restore it to your call history. 2. Restore from iCloud Backup: If you regularly back up your iPhone to iCloud, you might be able to retrieve your deleted call log from a previous backup. However, keep in mind that this process will restore your entire phone to the state it was in at the time of the backup, potentially erasing any data added since then. Heres how to restore from an iCloud backup: Go to Settings > General > Reset. Choose Erase All Content and Settings. Follow the onscreen instructions. Your iPhone will restart and show the initial setup screen. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup during the setup process. Select the relevant backup that contains your deleted call log. Wait for the restoration process to complete. 3. Explore ThirdParty Apps (with Caution): ...
    8 hours ago
  • How to Factory Reset iPhone without Computer: A Comprehensive Guide to Restoring your Device
    Life throws curveballs, and sometimes, those curveballs necessitate wiping your iPhone clean and starting anew. Whether you’re facing persistent software glitches, preparing to sell your device, or simply wanting a fresh start, knowing how to factory reset iPhone without a computer is a valuable skill. While using a computer with ...
    15 hours ago
  • How to Call Someone on a Computer: A Guide to Voice and Video Communication in the Digital Age
    Gone are the days when communication was limited to landline phones and physical proximity. Today, computers have become powerful tools for connecting with people across the globe through voice and video calls. But with a plethora of applications and methods available, how to call someone on a computer might seem ...
    16 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #16 2024
    Open access notables Glacial isostatic adjustment reduces past and future Arctic subsea permafrost, Creel et al., Nature Communications: Sea-level rise submerges terrestrial permafrost in the Arctic, turning it into subsea permafrost. Subsea permafrost underlies ~ 1.8 million km2 of Arctic continental shelf, with thicknesses in places exceeding 700 m. Sea-level variations over glacial-interglacial cycles control ...
    16 hours ago
  • Where on a Computer is the Operating System Generally Stored? Delving into the Digital Home of your ...
    The operating system (OS) is the heart and soul of a computer, orchestrating every action and interaction between hardware and software. But have you ever wondered where on a computer is the operating system generally stored? The answer lies in the intricate dance between hardware and software components, particularly within ...
    17 hours ago
  • How Many Watts Does a Laptop Use? Understanding Power Consumption and Efficiency
    Laptops have become essential tools for work, entertainment, and communication, offering portability and functionality. However, with rising energy costs and growing environmental concerns, understanding a laptop’s power consumption is more important than ever. So, how many watts does a laptop use? The answer, unfortunately, isn’t straightforward. It depends on several ...
    17 hours ago
  • How to Screen Record on a Dell Laptop A Guide to Capturing Your Screen with Ease
    Screen recording has become an essential tool for various purposes, such as creating tutorials, capturing gameplay footage, recording online meetings, or sharing information with others. Fortunately, Dell laptops offer several built-in and external options for screen recording, catering to different needs and preferences. This guide will explore various methods on ...
    17 hours ago
  • How Much Does it Cost to Fix a Laptop Screen? Navigating Repair Options and Costs
    A cracked or damaged laptop screen can be a frustrating experience, impacting productivity and enjoyment. Fortunately, laptop screen repair is a common service offered by various repair shops and technicians. However, the cost of fixing a laptop screen can vary significantly depending on several factors. This article delves into the ...
    17 hours ago
  • How Long Do Gaming Laptops Last? Demystifying Lifespan and Maximizing Longevity
    Gaming laptops represent a significant investment for passionate gamers, offering portability and powerful performance for immersive gaming experiences. However, a common concern among potential buyers is their lifespan. Unlike desktop PCs, which allow for easier component upgrades, gaming laptops have inherent limitations due to their compact and integrated design. This ...
    17 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Turning the tide
    The annual inventory report of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions has been released, showing that gross emissions have dropped for the third year in a row, to 78.4 million tons: All-told gross emissions have decreased by over 6 million tons since the Zero Carbon Act was passed in 2019. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • How to Unlock Your Computer A Comprehensive Guide to Regaining Access
    Experiencing a locked computer can be frustrating, especially when you need access to your files and applications urgently. The methods to unlock your computer will vary depending on the specific situation and the type of lock you encounter. This guide will explore various scenarios and provide step-by-step instructions on how ...
    19 hours ago
  • Faxing from Your Computer A Modern Guide to Sending Documents Digitally
    While the world has largely transitioned to digital communication, faxing still holds relevance in certain industries and situations. Fortunately, gone are the days of bulky fax machines and dedicated phone lines. Today, you can easily send and receive faxes directly from your computer, offering a convenient and efficient way to ...
    19 hours ago
  • Protecting Your Home Computer A Guide to Cyber Awareness
    In our increasingly digital world, home computers have become essential tools for work, communication, entertainment, and more. However, this increased reliance on technology also exposes us to various cyber threats. Understanding these threats and taking proactive steps to protect your home computer is crucial for safeguarding your personal information, finances, ...
    19 hours ago
  • Server-Based Computing Powering the Modern Digital Landscape
    In the ever-evolving world of technology, server-based computing has emerged as a cornerstone of modern digital infrastructure. This article delves into the concept of server-based computing, exploring its various forms, benefits, challenges, and its impact on the way we work and interact with technology. Understanding Server-Based Computing: At its core, ...
    19 hours ago
  • Vroom vroom go the big red trucks
    The absolute brass neck of this guy.We want more medical doctors, not more spin doctors, Luxon was saying a couple of weeks ago, and now we’re told the guy has seven salaried adults on TikTok duty. Sorry, doing social media. The absolute brass neck of it. The irony that the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    19 hours ago
  • Jones finds $410,000 to help the government muscle in on a spat project
    Buzz from the Beehive Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones relishes spatting and eagerly takes issue with environmentalists who criticise his enthusiasm for resource development. He relishes helping the fishing industry too. And so today, while the media are making much of the latest culling in the public service to ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    20 hours ago
  • Again, hate crimes are not necessarily terrorism.
    Having written, taught and worked for the US government on issues involving unconventional warfare and terrorism for 30-odd years, two things irritate me the most when the subject is discussed in public. The first is the Johnny-come-lately academics-turned-media commentators who … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    23 hours ago
  • Despair – construction consenting edition
    Eric Crampton writes – Kainga Ora is the government’s house building agency. It’s been building a lot of social housing. Kainga Ora has its own (but independent) consenting authority, Consentium. It’s a neat idea. Rather than have to deal with building consents across each different territorial authority, Kainga Ora ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    23 hours ago
  • Coalition promises – will the Govt keep the commitment to keep Kiwis equal before the law?
    Muriel Newman writes – The Coalition Government says it is moving with speed to deliver campaign promises and reverse the damage done by Labour. One of their key commitments is to “defend the principle that New Zealanders are equal before the law.” To achieve this, they have pledged they “will not advance ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    23 hours ago
  • An impermanent public service is a guarantee of very little else but failure
    Chris Trotter writes –  The absence of anything resembling a fightback from the public servants currently losing their jobs is interesting. State-sector workers’ collective fatalism in the face of Coalition cutbacks indicates a surprisingly broad acceptance of impermanence in the workplace. Fifty years ago, lay-offs in the thousands ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • What happens after the war – Mariupol
    Mariupol, on the Azov Sea coast, was one of the first cities to suffer almost complete destruction after the start of the Ukraine War started in late February 2022. We remember the scenes of absolute destruction of the houses and city structures. The deaths of innocent civilians – many of ...
    1 day ago
  • Babies and benefits – no good news
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – Ten years ago, I wrote the following in a Listener column: Every year around one in five new-born babies will be reliant on their caregivers benefit by Christmas. This pattern has persisted from at least 1993. For Maori the number jumps to over one in three.  ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Should the RBNZ be looking through climate inflation?
    Climate change is expected to generate more and more extreme events, delivering a sort of structural shock to inflation that central banks will have to react to as if they were short-term cyclical issues. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāMy pick of the six newsey things to know from Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix of the news links
    The top six news links I’ve seen elsewhere in the last 24 hours, as of 9:16 am on Thursday, April 18 are:Housing: Tauranga residents living in boats, vans RNZ Checkpoint Louise TernouthHousing: Waikato councillor says wastewater plant issues could hold up Sleepyhead building a massive company town Waikato Times Stephen ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the public sector carnage, and misogyny as terrorism
    It’s a simple deal. We pay taxes in order to finance the social services we want and need. The carnage now occurring across the public sector though, is breaking that contract. Over 3,000 jobs have been lost so far. Many are in crucial areas like Education where the impact of ...
    1 day ago
  • Meeting the Master Baiters
    Hi,A friend had their 40th over the weekend and decided to theme it after Curb Your Enthusiasm fashion icon Susie Greene. Captured in my tiny kitchen before I left the house, I ending up evoking a mix of old lesbian and Hillary Clinton — both unintentional.Me vs Hillary ClintonIf you’re ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • How extreme was the Earth's temperature in 2023
    This is a re-post from Andrew Dessler at the Climate Brink blog In 2023, the Earth reached temperature levels unprecedented in modern times. Given that, it’s reasonable to ask: What’s going on? There’s been lots of discussions by scientists about whether this is just the normal progression of global warming or if something ...
    1 day ago
  • Backbone, revisited
    The schools are on holiday and the sun is shining in the seaside village and all day long I have been seeing bunches of bikes; Mums, Dads, teens and toddlers chattering, laughing, happy, having a bloody great time together. Cheers, AT, for the bits of lane you’ve added lately around the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Ministers are not above the law
    Today in our National-led authoritarian nightmare: Shane Jones thinks Ministers should be above the law: New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is accusing the Waitangi Tribunal of over-stepping its mandate by subpoenaing a minister for its urgent hearing on the Oranga Tamariki claim. The tribunal is looking into the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • What’s the outfit you can hear going down the gurgler? Probably it’s David Parker’s Oceans Sec...
    Buzz from the Beehive Point  of Order first heard of the Oceans Secretariat in June 2021, when David Parker (remember him?) announced a multi-agency approach to protecting New Zealand’s marine ecosystems and fisheries. Parker (holding the Environment, and Oceans and Fisheries portfolios) broke the news at the annual Forest & ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Will politicians let democracy die in the darkness?
    Bryce Edwards writes  – Politicians across the political spectrum are implicated in the New Zealand media’s failing health. Either through neglect or incompetent interventions, successive governments have failed to regulate, foster, and allow a healthy Fourth Estate that can adequately hold politicians and the powerful to account. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Matt Doocey doubles down on trans “healthcare”
    Citizen Science writes –  Last week saw two significant developments in the debate over the treatment of trans-identifying children and young people – the release in Britain of the final report of Dr Hilary Cass’s review into gender healthcare, and here in New Zealand, the news that the ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • A TikTok Prime Minister.
    One night while sleeping in my bed I had a beautiful dreamThat all the people of the world got together on the same wavelengthAnd began helping one anotherNow in this dream, universal love was the theme of the dayPeace and understanding and it happened this wayAfter such an eventful day ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Texas Lessons
    This is a guest post by Oscar Simms who is a housing activist, volunteer for the Coalition for More Homes, and was the Labour Party candidate for Auckland Central at the last election. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix of the news links at 6:06 am
    The top six news links I’ve seen elsewhere in the last 24 hours as of 6:06 am on Wednesday, April 17 are:Must read: Secrecy shrouds which projects might be fast-tracked RNZ Farah HancockScoop: Revealed: Luxon has seven staffers working on social media content - partly paid for by taxpayer Newshub ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Fighting poverty on the holiday highway
    Turning what Labour called the “holiday highway” into a four-lane expressway from Auckland to Whangarei could bring at least an economic benefit of nearly two billion a year for Northland each year. And it could help bring an end to poverty in one of New Zealand’s most deprived regions. The ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:26 pm
    Tonight’s six-stack includes: launching his substack with a bunch of his previous documentaries, including this 1992 interview with Dame Whina Cooper. and here crew give climate activists plenty to do, including this call to submit against the Fast Track Approvals bill. writes brilliantly here on his substack ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Is the science settled?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    3 days ago
  • Apposite Quotations.
    How Long Is Long Enough? Gaza under Israeli bombardment, July 2014. This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • What’s a life worth now?
    You're in the mall when you hear it: some kind of popping sound in the distance, kids with fireworks, maybe. But then a moment of eerie stillness is followed by more of the fireworks sound and there’s also screaming and shrieking and now here come people running for their lives.Does ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Howling at the Moon
    Karl du Fresne writes –  There’s a crisis in the news media and the media are blaming it on everyone except themselves. Culpability is being deflected elsewhere – mainly to the hapless Minister of Communications, Melissa Lee, and the big social media platforms that are accused of hoovering ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Newshub is Dead.
    I don’t normally send out two newsletters in a day but I figured I’d say something about… the news. If two newsletters is a bit much then maybe just skip one, I don’t want to overload people. Alternatively if you’d be interested in sometimes receiving multiple, smaller updates from me, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Seymour is chuffed about cutting early-learning red tape – but we hear, too, that Jones has loose...
    Buzz from the Beehive David Seymour and Winston Peters today signalled that at least two ministers of the Crown might be in Wellington today. Seymour (as Associate Minister of Education) announced the removal of more red tape, this time to make it easier for new early learning services to be ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Will politicians let democracy die in the darkness?
    Politicians across the political spectrum are implicated in the New Zealand media’s failing health. Either through neglect or incompetent interventions, successive governments have failed to regulate, foster, and allow a healthy Fourth Estate that can adequately hold politicians and the powerful to account. Our political system is suffering from the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Was Hawkesby entirely wrong?
    David Farrar  writes –  The Broadcasting Standards Authority ruled: Comments by radio host Kate Hawkesby suggesting Māori and Pacific patients were being prioritised for surgery due to their ethnicity were misleading and discriminatory, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has found. It is a fact such patients are prioritised. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • PRC shadow looms as the Solomons head for election
    PRC and its proxies in Solomons have been preparing for these elections for a long time. A lot of money, effort and intelligence have gone into ensuring an outcome that won’t compromise Beijing’s plans. Cleo Paskall writes – On April 17th the Solomon Islands, a country of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Criminal ecocide
    We are in the middle of a climate crisis. Last year was (again) the hottest year on record. NOAA has just announced another global coral bleaching event. Floods are threatening UK food security. So naturally, Shane Jones wants to make it easier to mine coal: Resources Minister Shane Jones ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Is saving one minute of a politician's time worth nearly $1 billion?
    Is speeding up the trip to and from Wellington airport by 12 minutes worth spending up more than $10 billion? Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items that stood out to me in the last day to 8:26 am today are:The Lead: Transport Minister Simeon Brown announced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Long Tunnel or Long Con?
    Yesterday it was revealed that Transport Minister had asked Waka Kotahi to look at the options for a long tunnel through Wellington. State Highway 1 (SH1) through Wellington City is heavily congested at peak times and while planning continues on the duplicate Mt Victoria Tunnel and Basin Reserve project, the ...
    3 days ago
  • Smoke And Mirrors.
    You're a fraud, and you know itBut it's too good to throw it all awayAnyone would do the sameYou've got 'em goingAnd you're careful not to show itSometimes you even fool yourself a bitIt's like magicBut it's always been a smoke and mirrors gameAnyone would do the sameForty six billion ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • What is Mexico doing about climate change?
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The June general election in Mexico could mark a turning point in ensuring that the country’s climate policies better reflect the desire of its citizens to address the climate crisis, with both leading presidential candidates expressing support for renewable energy. Mexico is the ...
    3 days ago
  • State of humanity, 2024
    2024, it feels, keeps presenting us with ever more challenges, ever more dismay.Do you give up yet? It seems to ask.No? How about this? Or this?How about this?When I say 2024 I really mean the state of humanity in 2024.Saturday night, we watched Civil War because that is one terrifying cliff we've ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s Wellington tunnel vision aims to ease the way to the airport (but zealous promoters of cycl...
    Buzz from the Beehive A pet project and governmental tunnel vision jump out from the latest batch of ministerial announcements. The government is keen to assure us of its concern for the wellbeing of our pets. It will be introducing pet bonds in a change to the Residential Tenancies Act ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • The case for cultural connectedness
    A recent report generated from a Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) survey of 1,224 rangatahi Māori aged 11-12 found: Cultural connectedness was associated with fewer depression symptoms, anxiety symptoms and better quality of life. That sounds cut and dry. But further into the report the following appears: Cultural connectedness is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Useful context on public sector job cuts
    David Farrar writes –    The Herald reports: From the gory details of job-cuts news, you’d think the public service was being eviscerated.   While the media’s view of the cuts is incomplete, it’s also true that departments have been leaking the particulars faster than a Wellington ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On When Racism Comes Disguised As Anti-racism
    Remember the good old days, back when New Zealand had a PM who could think and speak calmly and intelligently in whole sentences without blustering? Even while Iran’s drones and missiles were still being launched, Helen Clark was live on TVNZ expertly summing up the latest crisis in the Middle ...
    4 days ago
  • Govt ignored economic analysis of smokefree reversal
    Costello did not pass on analysis of the benefits of the smokefree reforms to Cabinet, emphasising instead the extra tax revenues of repealing them. Photo: Hagen Hopkins, Getty Images TL;DR: The six news items that stood out to me at 7:26 am today are:The Lead: Casey Costello never passed on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • True Blue.
    True loveYou're the one I'm dreaming ofYour heart fits me like a gloveAnd I'm gonna be true blueBaby, I love youI’ve written about the job cuts in our news media last week. The impact on individuals, and the loss to Aotearoa of voices covering our news from different angles.That by ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Who is running New Zealand’s foreign policy?
    While commentators, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, are noting a subtle shift in New Zealand’s foreign policy, which now places more emphasis on the United States, many have missed a key element of the shift. What National said before the election is not what the government is doing now. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, April 7, 2024 thru Sat, April 13, 2024. Story of the week Our story of the week is about adults in the room setting terms and conditions of ...
    5 days ago
  • Feline Friends and Fragile Fauna The Complexities of Cats in New Zealand’s Conservation Efforts

    Cats, with their independent spirit and beguiling purrs, have captured the hearts of humans for millennia. In New Zealand, felines are no exception, boasting the highest national cat ownership rate globally [definition cat nz cat foundation]. An estimated 1.134 million pet cats grace Kiwi households, compared to 683,000 dogs ...

    5 days ago
  • Or is that just they want us to think?
    Nice guy, that Peter Williams. Amiable, a calm air of no-nonsense capability, a winning smile. Everything you look for in a TV presenter and newsreader.I used to see him sometimes when I went to TVNZ to be a talking head or a panellist and we would yarn. Nice guy, that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Did global warming stop in 1998?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from our Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Did global warming stop in ...
    6 days ago
  • Arguing over a moot point.
    I have been following recent debates in the corporate and social media about whether it is a good idea for NZ to join what is known as “AUKUS Pillar Two.” AUKUS is the Australian-UK-US nuclear submarine building agreement in which … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • No Longer Trusted: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Turning Point: What has turned me away from the mainstream news media is the very strong message that its been sending out for the last few years.” “And what message might that be?” “That the people who own it, the people who run it, and the people who provide its content, really don’t ...
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates at 10% anyone?
    No – nothing about that in PM Luxon’s nine-point plan to improve the lives of New Zealanders. But beyond our shores Jamie Dimon, the long-serving head of global bank J.P. Morgan Chase, reckons that the chances of a goldilocks soft landing for the economy are “a lot lower” than the ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • Sad tales from the left
    Michael Bassett writes –  Have you noticed the odd way in which the media are handling the government’s crackdown on surplus employees in the Public Service? Very few reporters mention the crazy way in which State Service numbers rocketed ahead by more than 16,000 during Labour’s six years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago

  • Minister to Europe for OECD meeting, Anzac Day
    Science, Innovation and Technology and Defence Minister Judith Collins will next week attend the OECD Science and Technology Ministerial conference in Paris and Anzac Day commemorations in Belgium. “Science, innovation and technology have a major role to play in rebuilding our economy and achieving better health, environmental and social outcomes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a bilateral meeting today with the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by MP Paulo Garcia, the first Filipino to be elected to a legislature outside the Philippines. During today’s meeting, Prime Minister Luxon and President Marcos Jr discussed opportunities to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Taupō takes pole position
    The Government is proud to support the first ever Repco Supercars Championship event in Taupō as up to 70,000 motorsport fans attend the Taupō International Motorsport Park this weekend, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. “Anticipation for the ITM Taupō Super400 is huge, with tickets and accommodation selling out weeks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Cost of living support for low-income homeowners
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced an increase to the Rates Rebate Scheme, putting money back into the pockets of low-income homeowners.  “The coalition Government is committed to bringing down the cost of living for New Zealanders. That includes targeted support for those Kiwis who are doing things tough, such ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government backing mussel spat project
    The Coalition Government is investing in a project to boost survival rates of New Zealand mussels and grow the industry, Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones has announced. “This project seeks to increase the resilience of our mussels and significantly boost the sector’s productivity,” Mr Jones says. “The project - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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